Strict 10-day curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar

21 more students in Leh, 8 in Rajouri test +ve

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR/JAMMU/ LEH, Sept 24: Administration has imposed a strict Corona curfew in parts of Srinagar for 10 days after a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks.
District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Aijaz Asad, today ordered strict Corona curfew in Zadibal, Hawal, Alamgari Bazar, Kathi Darwaz and Lal Bazar for 10 days after majority of the COVID cases in the district for the last few weeks were reported from these areas of the city.
“It has been observed that around 70 percent of the daily positive cases during these days have been detected from few particular areas and strict containment measures are required in order to ensure safety of the general public and to prevent transmission of COVID-19 to other parts of district Srinagar”, read the order.
As per the order, the permissible activities include all essential services, incidental services and activities needed for smooth functioning of these activities shall be allowed to continue, both in the public and private sector.
“Standalone grocery, vegetable, meat, milk shops may also remain open and functional to ensure provisioning of essential supplies from 7:00 am to 11:00 am only, there will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies, there shall be no restriction on the movement of Government officials for attending office/ duties, on production of I-cards/ official orders, all development and construction works shall be allowed to continue without any hindrance,” the order said.
The order read that the vaccination drive shall not be halted and localized mobile teams shall be constituted to provide vaccination in colonies, residential areas and containment zones.
“All educational institutions shall remain closed. Also, all shopping complexes, bazaars, saloons, barber shops, cinema halls, restaurants, sport complexes, gyms, spas, swimming pools, parks, zoos, etc, shall remain closed,” the order read.
“No social gatherings, functions whether indoors or outdoors shall be allowed and the permitted ceiling for marriage shall be restricted to 20 persons only. The gathering at funerals shall be limited to 10 persons only and there will be no ingress and egress of the public permitted in these areas except in case of medical exigencies,” it said.
“The situation has been reviewed and after obtaining feedback from the stakeholder agencies it has been felt expedient to put in place reasonable restrictions to minimize the chances of public gatherings and eliminate the epidemic spread chain in every form,” it said.
In the meantime, Kashmir today reported 120 fresh cases of COVID-19.
One person who was admitted in DRDO hospital in Srinagar succumbed to the viral infection.
Those who tested positive include 66 from Srinagar, 17 from Baramulla, 8 from Budgam, 5 from Pulwama, 6 from Kupwara, 5 from Anantnag, 2 from Bandipora, 9 from Ganderbal, 1 from Kulgam and 1 from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 205,129 including 201,529 recoveries and 2,248 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,605 including 1,352 from Kashmir division.
With 159 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 322,713 which is 98.17 percent of the total cases.
Meanwhile, Jammu region today reported 28 COVID positive cases.
Eight students of SVS College Sunderbani in Rajouri district have tested positive for the virus.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sunderbani Dr Manzoor Ahmed said the students have been quarantined and their contact tracing is on.
Ten fresh cases were reported in Doda district, six in Jammu, four Reasi and two in Ramban district while rest of the districts didn’t report any cases.
Twenty nine persons recovered from the virus leaving behind 253 active positive cases in the Jammu region.
Meanwhile, 21 more students and their contacts of a Leh school today tested positive for COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
With this, total number of students and others in the Leh school, who had reported positive for the virus so far, has gone up to 88.
Initially, 56 students of the schools were tested positive followed by 11 more.
As soon as 56 students had reported infection, the district administration Leh had shut schools for 15 days.
Ladakh has reported over five-fold increase in active COVID cases in the last 10 days, officials said.
On September 13, the number of active Covid cases in Ladakh was 30, including 28 in Leh and 2 in Kargil. On Thursday, the active cases increased to 164, including 161 in Leh and 3 in Kargil, they said.
There was no death reported due to COVID in Ladakh on Thursday.
The Union Territory has registered 207 COVID-related deaths — 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.